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Life Works is a podcast that is all about exploring common-sense solutions to our biggest problems. We cover a wide variety of topics including:
• Work-life integration
• Workforce engagement
• Workplace dynamics (Including Organizational Politics)
• The customer experience
The goal of this podcast is to give you the secrets, wisdom, and lessons-learned to help you navigate life and business like a champion.
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Episode 062: Wine Masterclass with Wine Mogul, Chris Pearmund
Welcome to a very special edition of the LIFE WORKS Podcast. We went on location at the Pearmund Cellars Winery in Broad Run, Virginia.
[00:00:12] Welcome to a Special Edition of the LIFE WORKS Podcast[00:01:05] The History of Virginia Wine[00:02:35] The difference between Old World and New World Wines[00:03:52] What makes a “good” vintage[00:05:58] How many pounds of grapes to make a single bottle?[00:07:41] The surprising controversy in the world of wine right now[00:11:28] The most mind-blowing thing about wine making[00:12:28] About the wine-drinking demographic[00:13:51] How to drink a glass of wine[00:16:28] Is Virginia the Napa of the East?[00:19:48] In the Wine Chiller Room[00:20:30] In Vino Veritas[00:22:55] How Chris Got into Winemaking[00:28:04] The Complex Flavors of Wine…and, Can Wine Hurt You?
Located between Washington DC and the Shenandoah Mountains, it offers year-round wine for all palettes, and all types of people. Regardless of whether you drink wine or not, Pearmund Cellars offers something for everyone, not just wine, but incredible history, incredible background, incredible views, as you can see behind me and incredible company.
What is an entrepreneur? An entrepreneur is someone who operates a business while taking on greater than normal financial risk – ok that’s the dictionary definition. An entrepreneur is also an artist who sees, gaps, opportunities and angles where other people simply see problems.
Chris Pearmund is just such an artist – from as early as 7 years old, Chris always had an eye for seeing opportunities and solutions wherever he was. In his first business he turned an avocado tree in his back yard into a thriving enterprise – and that was just the start, he’s come a long way since that first Avocado tree. Today, he owns, manages, and consults with wineries across the country. In fact, he helped start nearly 20 wineries in Virginia alone. His headquarters is Pearmund Cellars, in Broad Run, VA, where we went on location to meet this incredible man.
If you thought you knew wine, think again, because when your with one of the country’s leading wine masters there is so much more to learn — and Chris is just the man to teach us how to drink wine. Even if you don’t drink,don’t miss this incredibly fun and informative episode where we get into wine, business, and what it takes to be wildly successful.
Episode 061: R&B star, Marcell Russell – Everything Comes Down to a Choice
R&B Star, Marcell Russell shares his incredibly pragmatic insights on Life, Business, Wealth, and Time.
Marcell Russell is a man of many many talents. A minister turned professional musician, Marcell experienced a meteoric rise in the music industry. Having written over 800 songs, he became the most awarded independent R&B artist in the city of Baltimore, Maryland –Getting critical acclaim from BET, The People’s Choice Awards, and ECHOES magazine, just to name a few. In fact, the music industry nicknamed him “The Voice” – and he was The Voice BEFORE it was a hit reality TV show. Today, he’s the CEO of a 50 person financial services firm. As a minister, musician, and entrepreneur, Marcell’s insights on life, wealth, and business are unique and worth listening to.
2020 sparked global conversations (and even protests) about race, police, and implicit bias. But it also shined a light on diversity, equity, and inclusion. And at the center of those conversations were black and minority communities.
As someone so embedded within the black community as a minister, musician, and today as CEO of a 50 person financial services firm, Marcell has an incredibly unique perspective that I think we all need to hear. You may think you’re “woke”, and you may think you already understand black culture — think again, because it is so much more.
00:10 Mark’s Opening question and Monologue01:11 Is it a good time to be Black in America today?02:53 The Flea and the Jar – The limits we place on ourselves03:45 Two incidents05:04 White Supremacy is Narcissism05:55 Superiority over Melanin…Really06:40 The Black Community is the 10th Wealthiest Nation in the World07:15 Ignorance and Fear is passed down08:53 You don’t have 24 hours in a09:13 Why fathers matter10:48 Wealth is lost within 2 generations11:28 Take care of your own house first12:54 Sentiment in the Black Community16:10 2020 in the Black Community16:29 I got pulled over 5-8 times per year17:55 It’s not because you’re black18:48 The real colors you need to worry about are not black and white19:12 The positive things never get mentioned20:04 White people are saying I’m sorry, and are asking, “what do you want me to do?”21:11 What Marcell really thinks of Black Lives Matter (BLM)21:44 Where is BLM’s money going?23:27 I’m proud about what blacks are doing24:17 Misconceptions about the black community26:52 They clump groups together27:50 Blaxploitation and efforts to undermine the Black Community30:33 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives – a good idea?33:14 The Victim Agenda33:55 The New Slavery34:20 A United Black Community – what would that look like?35:43 Trends in the Black Community37:04 Real Wealth37:33 Takeaways from 202038:15 To be continued…
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Episode 060: How to Transform Education in America with Sheri Smith, CEO Indigo Education Company
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Sheri Smith and I have known each other since college, and we actually worked together for several years while we were coming up professionally. She’s always impressed me as one of the smartest people I know. She’s done graduate work at Georgetown, she worked for Hillary Clinton for a time, and now she’s the founder and CEO of The Indigo Project, an education company that does extensive assessment and consulting work in the education space both at the high school level and college level. I wanted to have Sheri on the podcast for two reasons one because she’s a longtime friend and I’ve been wanting to catch up with her for years, and two because she has unique insight into the education system at large, and I think we all can agree that the education system needs to change, and I also think the pandemic showed the cracks and faults in the education system much more clearly. Sheri and her company have a unique approach to working within the education system to help change it from the inside out. Her method is unique, her perspective is hopeful, and her approach may be just what we need to change the education system from within. As kids and their parents are figuring out the new normal of education once again, this interview could not come at a better time. Interestingly oldest daughter took one of the indigo assessments for herself and found it to be mostly accurate and on point.
Now for those of you who are business leaders or you’ve already grown your children, you might be tempted to click away thinking this may not have anything to do with you. Quite the contrary actually. Assessments like the ones we’re about to discuss have relevance to everyone not just students. If you’re looking to unlock high performance from your team, this may be a compelling tool to consider regardless if you’re running a small start up or a Fortune 500 company. Self awareness is everything — it’s the key to humility, interpersonal relationships, effective leadership, growth and learning, and– top performance. For those in business, this interview will give you insight into the future of work – both the workforce and the kind of functions that is coming up now and in the next several years and decades.
After watching or listening to this episode you, if are interested in assessment services either for your high school or college student — or for yourself, or your company or business please reach out to me. I hope you enjoy the episode.
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Episode 059: Understanding Afghanistan with Laszlo Palko (2 Tour Veteran)
Would you like to better understand the whole Afghanistan situation from someone who was actually on the ground?
If you have questions about Afghanistan, and why it such a big deal right now, this is the video for you.
In this interview we discuss:
* The decision of the Biden Administration to pull out of Afghanistan with a veteran of the war* A history lesson on what motivated the United States, and its allies to go into Afghanistan in the first place,* What the US/Allies objectives were* What it was really like to be there from someone who was actually on the ground working directly with the Afghan people* What the implications are of the United States and allies pulling out at this point
On April 13, 2021, the Washington Post reported that the Biden Administration had decided to pull US troops out of Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of fighting, spending 1 Trillions, and losing over 2,312 American lives.
Laszlo Palko is a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan. After his support of he later earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, where he also did an internship with the late Senator John McCain’s office. Laszlo now serves as the City Manager for Manassas Park, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC. In this interview we’ll learn from a real-live veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom about what it was like to be on the ground in Afghanistan, why we were there, and what the impact is of us pulling out after 20 years.
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Episode 058: Investment Secrets You Probably Don’t Know with Author, Tom Phelan
Would you like to know how the SUPER WEALTHY invest their money?
Don’t miss this important episode. Build wealth faster, retire more securely, and learn what others don’t know about investing
Tom Phelan (“Fay-len”) Is the controversial author of numerous best-selling books:
* “The Reluctant Realtor Who Won’t Buy Investment Property©2021”* “A Teacher’s 403(b) – Why Is Real Estate Missing©2021”* “The Big IRA Gamble” and “401(k) Roulette ©2020”
Tom says estimates show 45 million people have invested $11 trillion dollars in IRAs and another 30 million 401(k)s Owners are gambling $8 trillion dollars in Wall Street. Wow, Wall Street “Fees” are almost incalculable on $18 trillion dollars with hundreds of billions being added annually.
From years of experience Tom believed far too many IRA and 401(k) Owners are apathetic about their Wall Street investments, a fact Wall Street counts on … a lack-of-personal involvement.
But there is hope Tom says, if people will listen and choose Wall Street alternatives to avoid the needless Risk of IRA and 401(k) funds. Armed with this new-found knowledge Tom will show people how to strategize how to retire years younger and with more retirement income dollars, possibly Tax Free Income dollars.
Oh and if you’ve ever had a dream of owning a vineyard in Argentina, Tom has a few 5-acre Boutique Malbec vineyards your IRA or Individual 401(k) can buy…no…he really does.
He says he has the solution for investing, living, and retirement, but only those who will step off their Hamster Wheel and listen.
TIME JUMPS FOR THE BUSY AND POWERFUL
00:00 Welcome to the Podcast!02:00 Why is conventional investing wisdom wrong? And why are tens of millions of people gambling their money away in 401ks and IRAS?03:11 The shocking truth about historical tax rates04:47 A case of two brothers and a comparison of Roth and Traditional IRAs06:08 There are no guarantees except this one…06:40 Myths and misconceptions of 401ks and IRAs11:17 The History of current investment vehicles19:20 Investments available to wealthy individuals that are unknown to the average person27:05 Why people default to traditional tax-deferred investment vehicles31:07 Why do you think people don’t know about these other investment options34:02 What Tom thinks of Dave Ramsey and Suze orman37:31 Why real estate and related tax loopholes are a more effective way of investing for retirement43:37 Audience Question: What about REITs? Are they better than owning physical property?46:54 A quick side by side pros and cons of real estate investment54:14 Audience Question: Where and how should we invest our money for the best return?56:40 Audience Question: Would you invest in cryptocurrency and electric car stocks and where would you put a thousand dollars or even $10,000?58:34 Closing thoughts and thanks
* Actual REAL PROPERTY ownership or REITs? * Where and how should we invest our money for the best return? * What do you do when you live in an expensive area? How do you invest in Real Estate given that situation? * Would you invest in crypto currency and electric car stocks (like Tesla) and where would you put $1000 (or even $10,000) today?
To connect with Tom Phelan:
Websites: https://www.daretocomparelivingbenefits.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-phelan-13979ba/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Episode 057: Be Prepared for Anything with Mary Beth Simon (CEO, Niche Partner Consulting)
There is a 100% probability that you and I are going to face death one day. Our mortality is a fact we don’t like to face, and often do little to prepare for until it’s too late. In fact, caring.com did a study in 2021 and found that 67% of American adults don’t even have a will.
Mary Beth Simon was preparing to retire from a 31 year career at Vanguard when her friend, Sue was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Sue asked Mary Beth to help her husband navigate the beneficiary process if she didn’t survive. Sue eventually passed away, and Mary Beth spent 3 months working with Sue’s husband to recreate their entire financial landscape. You see, Sue managed the finances and investments, not her husband. The pain of watching her friend pass on, and the pain of putting the pieces together of an entire life made Mary Beth realize that we all need to do a better job empowering our loved ones and business partners to take over for us in our absence.
Don’t miss this incredibly important interview it could save your family and your business.
TIME JUMPS FOR THE BUSY AND OVER-COMMITTED
00:00 Mark’s personal true story, why this episode is so relevant03:22 Two-thirds of all American adults don’t have a contingency plan and WHY05:16 The price of not having a contingency or estate plan05:25 What’s the price of them not doing it?06:28 The benefits of having a contingency plan08:00 The people who prepare – this is what they are like08:57 The people who prepare – this is what they all have in common09:28 The AWARE contingency planning framework for our personal lives11:00 The COPE framework for business continuity12:48 The complete everything checklist14:08 Annual reviews – when to do them14:29 Digital or physical storage17:53 The largest obstacles for getting started…and finishing19:13 The password book20:28 The second in command – What qualities should they have?22:05 The contingency plan in action – it really works23:46 Resources Mary Beth offers free and otherwise24:45 Your next three moves26:39 Speed Round31:48 The one secret of success32:23 The greatest lesson from life and business33:06 If Mary Beth could offer one bit of advice to the world33:59 Mary Beth’s final thoughts34:32 Where people can find and connect with Mary Beth online
To connect with Mary Beth:
Website: https://nichepartnershipconsulting.net LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-beth-simon-npc/Email: email@example.com
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Mark’s guests share thought provoking expertise. I always learn something new from Mark’s guests. I love the diversity of timely topics like Lazlo’s predictions about leaving Afghanistan. Mind opening!
Engaging and Relevant
The infectious laugh drew me in and the engaging interviews keep me coming back. Mark’s curiosity draws out his guests and brings interesting, sometimes complex topics to life in a way that is easy to understand. His guest, Dr. Michael Hertz shares the secret sauce on how to be interesting…be passionate about something, and it’s more interesting if you don’t agree but can articulate your thoughts in a non-divisive manner. Marti MacEwan shared how to overcome stage fright. Each episode that I have listened to leaves me wanting to learn more. Thanks, Mark, for bring interesting subjects to light!